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The Best Michael Palin Movies

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List of the best Michael Palin movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Michael Palin's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Michael Palin movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Michael Palin movies will be at the top of the list. Michael Palin has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Michael Palin movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Michael Palin films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Michael Palin role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Michael Palin performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List films range from Michael Palin: Hemingway Adventure to The Human Face.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Michael Palin movies?" and "What are the greatest Michael Palin roles of all time?"
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    Monty Python Live at the Holly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1982

    Directed byIan MacNaughton, Terry Hughes

    Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a 1982 concert film in which the Monty Python... more on Wikipedia
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    A Private Function is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    A Private Function

    Maggie Smith, Michael Palin

    Released1984

    Directed byMalcolm Mowbray

    A Private Function is a 1984 British comedy film starring Michael Palin and Maggie Smith. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Jabberwocky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Jabberwocky

    Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin

    Released1977

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Jabberwocky is a 1977 British fantasy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam. The name... more on Wikipedia

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    Michael Palin: Great Railway J is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Michael Palin: Great Railway Journeys

    Michael Palin

    Released1980

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    Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Life of Brian

    George Harrison, John Cleese

    Released1979

    Directed byTerry Jones

    Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film... more on Wikipedia
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    The Missionary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    The Missionary

    Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Loncraine

    The Missionary is a 1982 British comedy film directed by Richard Loncraine, and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    And Now for Something Complete is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Released1971

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Ian MacNaughton

    And Now for Something Completely Different is a 1971 British comedy anthology film based on... more on Wikipedia
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Time Bandits

    Sean Connery, John Cleese

    Released1981

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Time Bandits is a 1981 British fantasy film co-written, produced, and directed by Terry... more on Wikipedia
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    The Wind in the Willows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    The Wind in the Willows

    Matt Lucas, Mark Gatiss

    Released2006

    Directed byRachel Talalay

    The Wind in the Willows is a 2006 British Canadian adventure film directed by Rachel Talalay,... more on Wikipedia

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    Brazil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles... more on Wikipedia
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    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver

    Released2018

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a 2018 fantasy-adventure-comedy film directed by Terry... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Fierce Creatures is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Fierce Creatures

    Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese

    Released1997

    Directed byFred Schepisi, Robert Young

    Fierce Creatures is a 1997 farcical comedy film. While not literally a sequel, Fierce... more on Wikipedia
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    How to Irritate People is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    How to Irritate People

    John Cleese, Michael Palin

    Released1969

    Directed byIan Fordyce

    How to Irritate People is a 1968 television broadcast written by John Cleese, Graham Chapman,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    American Friends is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    American Friends

    Alfred Molina, Michael Palin

    Released1991

    Directed byTristram Powell

    American Friends is a 1991 British film starring Michael Palin. It was written by Palin and... more on Wikipedia
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    Michael Palin's Hemingway Adve is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies

    Released2000

    Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure is a 1999 BBC television documentary presented by Michael... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Human Face is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    The Human Face

    John Cleese, Pierce Brosnan

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Stewart, James Erskine

    The Human Face is a 4 part BBC series that examines the science behind facial beauty,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Arthur Christmas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Arthur Christmas

    Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie

    Released2011

    Directed bySarah Smith, Barry Cook

    Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question:... more on Wikipedia

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    Not the Messiah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Not the Messiah

    Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

    Released2009

    Directed byAubrey Powell

    THE PROPER CARE AND FEEDING OF AN AMERICAN MESSIAH is the mock documentary story of a man who... more on Wikipedia
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    A Fish Called Wanda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    A Fish Called Wanda

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Cleese, Charles Crichton

    A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 film written by John Cleese and Charles Crichton. It was... more on Wikipedia
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    Monty Python's The Meaning of  is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1983

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, also known as The Meaning of Life, is a 1983 British... more on Wikipedia

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    The Rutles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies
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    The Rutles

    Bill Murray, George Harrison

    Released1978

    Directed byEric Idle, Gary Weis

    All You Need Is Cash is a 1978 television film that traces the career of a fictitious British... more on Wikipedia
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    A Liar's Autobiography - The U is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michael Palin Movies

    Released2012

    Directed byBill Jones, Benjamin Timlett, Jeff Simpson

    An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding... more on Wikipedia
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